Before I get into today’s post I want to mention I am a guest blogger on Cowgirl Runs today. The post is about how to “fit it all in”, without going crazy. Which actually pairs perfectly with this blog post about balancing my running & strength training programs, so make sure to go check that out.
I have run two marathons so far. During both of my marathon training cycles I had every intention of maintaining a consistent strength training regime and in both of those training cycles, I failed miserably at that goal. One of the biggest reasons I failed at this was because I lacked a plan. This time, I’m determined and I have a plan.
As I mentioned in my 2016 goals post, I started the Jamie Eason Live Fit program. This is a free program that can be found on BodyBuilding.com. The program is 12 weeks long and consists of 3 phases. There are 4-6 workouts per week which vary in length (they get longer as the weeks progress). There is also a diet plan included with the program but I won’t be following it because I don’t like to follow meal plans and I since I am marathon training, the meal plan wouldn’t work for me.
A feature about this program that I love is the BodySpace app. You can add the program to the app and then you just take your phone with you to the gym and follow the exercises.
It also allows you to track the weights you used for each set so you have a great reference point for the next time you do a workout. Back when I was doing New Rules of Lifting for Women, I was always bringing paper copies of my workouts to the gym and writing down my weights with a pen. Then I would lose said paper and completely forget how much I lifted in the previous workout. Hurray for technology!
Now, all of this is great but how do I plan to manage it with marathon training? It’s all about planning. With my running coach, I get my training plan 2 weeks at a time. Once I receive my running plan, I look at the Live Fit program and will schedule my workouts around the runs. So for example, this week looked like this:
Starting next week, there are more workouts as part of the program so I have to combine some workouts such as legs with some upper body. Honestly, right now I’m taking it one week at a time. If I find it’s becoming too much I’ll adjust the plan.
If you follow the Live Fit program exactly, there is specific amounts of cardio it includes. Obviously, I will be ignoring this part. I realize my results might be different because I’m not following the exact plan or meal plan but my goal isn’t to get shredded, it’s just to build a stronger body.
Because I want to stay accountable and on track with both my running & strength training, I will be posting my weekly training progress every Friday from now on. And as I get to the end of each phase of the Live Fit program I will be doing a review and including my results.
I should mention I am in no way affiliated with Bodybuilding.com or the Live Fit program, this is just something that I am doing on my own and want to share. I’m excited to see what I can accomplish with a plan and a can-do attitude.
Do you have any tips for balancing running & strength training? Have you ever done the Live Fit or similar program?